About John

John Welbourn is a former 9-year NFL starter and CEO of Power Athlete. And he also created the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John started over 100 games with 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete and FUSE MOVE. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete. EAT THE WEAK.

Keeping It Up For A Long Time

John, Loving these workouts, John! I'm a washed up former rugby player (played throughout college and semi pro afterwards before quitting due to injury). These workouts are awesome for making me hit stuff I usually wouldn't while adding the fun foundation and bodybuilding work. We have an infant son and these workouts are going to make it possible for me to play with and eventually coach him as he and I get older. [...]

By |2020-05-22T11:20:01-05:00May 22nd, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

How To Build 20 Inch Arms in 5 Weeks

In a perfect world, the easiest way to get 20” arms is to start with 19” arms and get a decent pump. But for most average gym goers this isn't a realistic starting point. Most well-trained men are in the 16-17” arm category which means we have our work cut out for us. If you are new to strength training, this might not be ideal for you today, but in the near future [...]

By |2020-05-22T11:22:49-05:00May 16th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

Ahead of the Curve

In current times where our reality involves sheltering at home and quarantine many of our athletes don’t have access to gyms, weights, bars, bumpers, dumbbells and strength training equipment. And because I pride myself on being ahead of the curve, I made the decision to offer a free training program called Third Monkey that can be executed with about 50 dollars’ worth of gear that can be bought at any Home Depot or stuff you might have laying around the farm or ranch. This includes buckets, cinder blocks, bags of concrete, bands, straps and other odds and ends...

By |2020-05-02T12:56:12-05:00May 2nd, 2020|Johnnie WOD|0 Comments

Apocalypse Preparation 2020

Hollywood has long had a romance with stories about viruses, zombies, the end of civilization, and viruses that create zombies who end civilizations. The Omega Man/I Am Legend, World War Z, every Mission Impossible, Resident Evil, Night of the Living Dead, 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead coupled with TV shows like the Walking Dead, Z Nation, In The Flesh - there is an endless stream. But what if this were to actually happen?  How would I survive, you ask?...

By |2020-05-14T11:38:20-05:00April 27th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

2020 Updated Reading List

When I started Talk To Me Johnnie a decade ago, I included a required reading list based on my current situation. At that point in history, I was still crafting the foundations of Power Athlete, so I was reading about training and human performance, and of course, the River Cottage Meat book. Since then, a lot has changed...

By |2020-03-27T17:58:03-05:00March 27th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|9 Comments

Hammer Curls

John, I have followed Power Athlete’s training for years and made tremendous gains. One question, why do you favor hammer curls in programs? Lots of love, Jacked Street Resident Since I was 14 years old, my full time job was pushing people around on the football field in a tight fitting jersey. Back then, they didn’t tailor the jerseys like in the NFL, so the only way the sleeves were going to be [...]

By |2019-02-16T09:11:41-06:00February 16th, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

Looking for Guidance

John, I am looking for some guidance for my wife. She just completed Sorinex’s "Squatober" and "Deadcember" via Pen and Paper Strength App. She loved the programming and has been trying to find a program that was similar. Her biggest problem is the only place she can do these kinds of workouts is a local CrossFit box. But they require her to complete their class WOD before she bangs weights. Do you have [...]

By |2019-01-22T12:29:23-06:00January 19th, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

ABWB

As each New Year approaches, I always get asked if I am planning a year in review post. While that exercise is always valuable for me and the company, not every year deserves its own public recap. In years past the message has been humorous laced with a heavy dose sarcasm. That said, this year has been very different. Let’s take a cue from the ghost of Christmas past, turn the page backwards, [...]

By |2019-01-01T10:27:28-06:00January 1st, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|10 Comments

Salty

The expression to be worth one's salt, which means you're competent and deserve what you're earning, has roots in ancient Rome, where soldiers were sometimes paid in salt or given an allowance to purchase...

By |2018-08-01T20:29:25-05:00August 1st, 2018|Diet, Ketogenic, Talk to Me Johnnie|7 Comments

Herpes on a First Date

Hello John, Just found your presentation on YouTube, very interesting. I am a strength equipment design engineer. I invented the 1st weight stack machine allowing for anytime weight change, without touching the pin or stopping the exercise. I have a few patents and a number of advanced strength machine concepts that go beyond what is on the conventional market;  I am a big fan of the philosophy "if you want become more functional [...]

By |2018-05-18T06:57:13-05:00May 18th, 2018|Lifting Weights, Power Athlete, Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|7 Comments
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